Huskies Hold On To Defeat Seattle U, 79-68

Washington used 10 second-half points from freshman guard David Crisp as fuel to push the Huskies past a game Seattle University Redhawks team 79-68 in front of an announced crowd of 6921 Tuesday night at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Andrew Andrews chipped in with 18, while Marquese Chriss scored 16 for the Huskies (8-3). Crisp added 13 and Noah Dickerson 10 points. 

Jadon Cohee led five Seattle (5-7) players in double-figures with 13. Brendan Westendorf, Manroop Clair and William Powell scored 12 for the Redhawks, while Aaron Menzies added 10.

“I’ll give Seattle U and coach Dollar and his staff a lot of credit," said UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar after the game. "I thought they played a good game. I thought our pressure at times we were able to bother them. But aside from that, as you go into a game and prepare and game plan, I thought they probably felt like they did their job in that regard and we certainly felt it. I think coach (Dollar) has them playing right. I think he’s done a great job assessing his personnel and deciding what type of way they’re going to play and I think it’s an effective way of going out and playing basketball."

Menzies was ejected from the game with 2:35 remaining in the game for a Flagrant 2 foul on Washington's Dickerson, an elbow that took Dickerson to the deck. 

“We knew it was an in-town rivalry," Andrews said of the altercation. "Usually something of that nature kind of happens every game between us. Coach (Romar) was telling us before the game to be prepared for any kind of situation. We’ve had a couple situations in the past where they just fouled every time we came down in the second half so we were pretty prepared for it.”

With Washington up 59-55 and the Redhawks with all the momentum after a 10-4 run, Crisp came to the rescue. He scored eight-straight out of the timeout with 11:11 remaining in the game to push UW back out in front for good. 

"A couple of their guys made some big plays for them, which kind of kept them in the game," Andrews said. "Some of our points in the huddle was we can’t let them stick around, which we kind of did towards the end. But David (Crisp) came in and made a couple of big plays and kind of lift us over and get us a steady lead enough to kind of break through.”

"(Crisp) is accustomed to going out and playing within a team concept," added Romar. "He’s not been in the situation the past couple years where he is the only guy and he has to score 30 for them to win. So I think that’s helped him be able to play now with other players that can score the ball. He understands when he needs to be patient. He understands when he needs to be aggressive.”

Seattle wouldn’t go away, however, and after a Westendorf jumper with 3:43 to go in the game shortened the Huskies’ lead to six, Malik Dime’s dunk - the junior forward was 5-5 from the field on the night - gave UW some more breathing room. 

But the game wouldn’t be completely out of reach until Menzies cleared out Dime after a rebound, and then decided to really clear out Dickerson with another swinging elbow that floored the freshman forward. The referees quickly cleared up the ensuing scrum, with both Lorenzo Romar and Seattle Head Coach Cameron Dollar getting involved to further eliminate any escalation. 

The referees called a common foul on Dickerson but a Flagrant 2 foul on Menzies, which brought an automatic ejection. Andrews made two subsequent free throws to give Washington a 10-point lead and they were able to finish off the game from there. The Huskies shot 87.5 percent from the stripe on 16 attempts, by far their best effort from the line so far this year. 

Dime’s defensive prowess - he had four of his five blocks in the first six minutes he was on the floor - really altered any effectiveness the Seattle bigs tried to have in the post. 6-foot-11 forward Jack Crook, who came into Tuesday night’s game averaging over 11 points and nearly 8 rebounds a game, was held to two points and three boards in 33 minutes of play.

"He doesn’t get as much publicity as Rob (Robert Upshaw) did, but he’s almost doing the same thing," Andrews said of Dime. "Not as many blocks as Rob and not in the same fashion, but for us he does that same thing. Every time someone goes to the paint and he’s in the game we feel like it’s going to get blocked so we’re getting ready to go out on the break."

The Huskies struggled to get out of the gates clean Tuesday night, as Seattle's all-zone defense forced Washington to be patient in their half-court offense. But an 11-3 run to end the first half, sparked by a Crisp three with seven seconds left, helped UW lead at intermission 46-37.

"It was a great game for us in that we hadn’t faced that much zone all year and we got a lot of reps in it," Romar said. "Our guys played and adjusted at times and I thought we did okay.

Tonight there was no man-to-man being played. It was zone. I thought our guys did a really good job of not being lulled to sleep. You play against a zone for 40 minutes you tend to walk the ball up the floor. I thought we still tried to push the ball up the floor and play at a good pace. I thought that we got the ball inside. We played inside out. I thought our guys did a pretty good job.”

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